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Relativism : A Contemporary Anthology - Michael Krausz


A Contemporary Anthology

By: Michael Krausz (Editor)

Paperback Published: 12th July 2010
ISBN: 9780231144117
Number Of Pages: 592
For Ages: 22+ years old

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The essays in this volume grapple with one of the most intriguing, enduring, and far-reaching philosophical problems of our age. Relativism comes in many varieties. It is often defined as the belief that truth, goodness, or beauty is relative& mdash;relative, that is, to some context or frame of reference& mdash;and that no absolute standards can adjudicate between competing reference frames.

This anthology captures the significance and range of relativistic doctrines, rehearsing their virtues and vices and reflecting a spectrum of attitudes toward relativism. Invoking diverse philosophical orientations, these doctrines concern conceptions of relativism in relation to pluralism and moral relativism; facts and conceptual schemes; realism and objectivity; solidarity and rationality; universalism and foundationalism; and feminism and poststructuralism. The thirty-three essays in this book include nine original works and many classical articles.

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Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Orienting Relativism
Mapping Relativismsp. 13
A Brief History of Relativismp. 31
Relativism, Truth, and Knowledge
Subjective, Objective, and Conceptual Relativismsp. 53
"Just the Facts, Ma'am!"p. 80
Relativism in Philosophy of Sciencep. 86
The Truth About Relativismp. 100
Making Sense of Relative Truthp. 124
On the Very Idea of a Conceptual Schemep. 140
Truth and Convention: On Davidson's Refutation of Conceptual Relativismp. 155
Conceptual Schemesp. 164
Relativizing the Factsp. 170
Targets of Anti-Relativist Argumentsp. 183
Realism and Relativismp. 194
Moral Relativism, Objectivity, and Reasons
Moral Relativism Defendedp. 225
The Truth in Relativismp. 242
Pluralism and Ambivalencep. 254
The Relativity of Fact and the Objectivity of Valuep. 268
Senses of Moral Relativityp. 281
Ethical Relativism and the Problem of Incoherencep. 286
Understanding Alien Moralsp. 303
Value: Realism and Objectivityp. 324
Intuitionism, Realism, Relativism, and Rhubarbp. 330
Moral Relativism and Moral Realismp. 356
Relativism, Culture, and Understanding
Anti Anti-Relativismp. 371
Solidarity or Objectivity?p. 393
Relativism, Power, and Philosophyp. 409
Internal Criticism and Indian Rationalist Traditionsp. 431
Phenomenological Rationality and the Overcoming of Relativismp. 457
Understanding and Ethnocentricityp. 470
Relativism and Cross-Cultural Understandingp. 488
Relativism, Persons, and Practicesp. 501
One What? Relativism and Poststructuralismp. 524
Must a Feminist Be a Relativist After All?p. 536
List of Contributorsp. 553
Indexp. 557
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ISBN: 9780231144117
ISBN-10: 0231144113
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 12th July 2010
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.8  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.86